France calls for immediate end to fighting in Syrian city of Idlib

As UN warns of a new humanitarian catastrophe in northwest


Reuters August 17, 2019
A general view shows Khan Sheikhoun in the southern countryside of Idlib March 16, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS: France called on Friday for an immediate end to fighting in the Syrian city of Idlib, and the French foreign ministry added that it condemned in particular air strikes on refugee camps.

Over the past week, the Syrian army has advanced toward the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib in a pincer movement that could encircle the southern part of the rebel enclave.

The United Nations and aid agencies have warned of a new humanitarian catastrophe in northwest Syria. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has managed to retake most of the country, crushing rebel enclaves in all the major cities and driving them from the south.

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